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State-managed airports lending aid to central Washington firefighting efforts

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 16:49

Nisha Marvel, WSDOT Aviation communications, 360-651-6310

Three state-managed airports are dedicating resources and facilities in the effort to fight the wildfires burning in central Washington.

In Leavenworth, the Washington State Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the Lake Wenatchee State Airport to the public, designating it as a staging area for emergency-response helicopters and personnel.

Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop and Tieton State Airport in Yakima also serve as staging areas for firefighting helicopters. Two military helicopters—one Blackhawk and one Chinook—are also operating at the Methow airport.

Pilots are encouraged to check the Notices to Airmen and temporary flight restrictions, and to contact WSDOT Airport Manager Paul Wolf prior to flying to state-managed airports.

Methow, Lake Wenatchee and Tieton are three of the 16 airports WSDOT manages across the state. In addition to supporting emergency services, the airports provide recreational opportunities, access to remote communities and benefits to local economies.

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